The BITEN Clearpath awards Season V took place on the 13th of December, 2014
at the Russian Cultural Centre, Mumbai in the evening at 7.00 PM. This was the
fifth year of the BITEIN awards and there was a collaboration with Clearpath,
India for Season V. Along with the 10 categories in which BITEIN grants the awards,
the Medal of Distinction was added for exemplary clinical work .The category opened
this year was the “Aligner” category and a Gold, Silver and Bronze medal was awarded
for the same.
The evening was conducted by Dr. A.Kumarswamy and Mr. Rakesh Nanda. The two of them not
only compered the program but also came on stage and performed during the last act.
Dr. Kumarswamy was the central protagonist for the girls in the Raj Kapoor classic
“Main kaa karoon raam mujhe budha mil gaya” while Rakesh was the key for the grand
finale of “Jeena yahan, marna yahan”.
The 10 awards were presented in three parts and was interspersed with a special themed
entertainment in four acts. The emphasis was “Orchestra in Bollywood Music” and the four
acts had a mix of the best talented dentists along with professional musicians and singers.
Dr. Kumarswamy opened the evening with a welcome address and this was followed by Rakesh
introducing the concept of the evening’s entertainment. The entertainment was split into
four Acts and the awards were presented between the four acts. The opening act of the
entertainment was dedicated to the brilliance of the legendary Shri V. Shantaram whose
inclination for song and dance is legendary. The act comprised of four continuous
performances. The opening was the epic song “Tu Chupi hai kahan” which was sung by
Dr. Mona Kakar and Dr. Neelam and Aziz Shah danced beautifully to the 7 minute piece.
This was followed by yet another classic song from the same movie, Navrang. This was
“Shyamal shyamal baran” sung by medical student Mr. Swapnil Karnik. Dr. Meena Shah and
her daughter filled in the colors on a canvas to bring to life the poetry written by Shri
Bharat Vyas. This was followed by yet another classic “Yeh kaun chitrakar hai” which was
accompanied by a wonderful collage of photographs from Dr. Adwait Aphale an avid
photographer. The final performance of this act was a classic of one of the most talented
music directors “Mr. Ramlal Choudhary”. The song “Pankh hoti to ud aati main” was sung
by Ms Vaishali and a beautiful dance number was performed by Dr. Riddhi Shah and dental
student Ms Namrata Dusa.
This was followed by the first four awards that were given away. The Vice Chancellor
Dr. Arun Jamkar kindly consented to be a special guest to give away one of the award.
A very special guest was Mrs Rita Choudhary wife of Shri Ramlal Choudhary. Mrs Rita
Choudhary and Dr. Vaidehi Ketkar from Unilever gave away the award to Dr. Suhasini Nagda
for “Administrative Excellence”. This was followed by Dr. Arun Jamkar and Mrs Guglani,
a renowned Hindi teacher giving away the award to Dr. Sabita Ram
in the “Outstanding
Teacher” category. The next award in the “Beyond Dentistry” category was given away
to Dr. Victor Rodriques
by Mr. Mukesh Sharma, Additional Director of Door Darshan and
Mr. Umesh Laljiani, chief of Carestream Dental. The fourth award in the “Clinical
Research” category was given away to Dr. Vijay Deshmuh
by Dr. Anand Tuteja, head of
The second entertainment act was then presented and this also consisted of four pieces.
This act was dedicated to the musical genius of the maestro Naushad sahab. This act also
brought in the personal belief and philosophy on the basis on which BITEIN has been
created. The first two pieces were renditions of the great Naushad sahab who gave two
classical raag masterpieces – “Man tadpat hari darshan ko aaj” and “Madhuban main radhika
naache re”. The first piece was rendered by Swapnil and the stage performance was a sufi
dance by Dr. Sanket, Mr. Richendar and choreographer Aziz himself. The second piece was
rendered by Sameer and was accompanied by a brilliant solo performance by Ms Nirzari
Bhide who is a very accomplished Hindustani singer as well as an official Salso teacher.
The third act was a rendition of a very popular song “Allah hee allah kiya karo, dukh na
kisi ko diya karo” by Dr. Mona. This was accompanied by a very beautiful diya dance by
Dr. Neelam and Dr. Medha. The final piece of this act was sung by Sameer “Allah ke bande”
with 4 couples from the audience coming up on stage and waving a flag of peace and love.
The entire essence of this act was captured in a few couplets in Hindi which were read
out by Rakesh.
The second component of awards were then given away. Dr. Sushant Umre
was given the
award for “Dentistry Imprinted” by Dr. Ajit Shetty and Mr. Patil of Ergoptix who lent
support to the BITEIN Awards. Then Dr. Vijay Leelaramani
was given the “Corporate
Enterpreuner” award by Mr. Sanjeev Chachondia and Dr. Kanir Bhatia. Mr. Tarek
then received the “Technical Finnesse” award from Dr. Dhananjay Joshi and Mr.
Jitin Doshi who provided support from Edental.in Subsequently Dr. Rajiv Khosla the
gave away the three “Medals of Distinction” in the “Aligner” category to Dr. Kavitha
Iyer for the Gold, Dr. Nawal Bavaskar for the Silver and Dr. Kartik Dholakia for the
Bronze medal .
This was followed by the third entertainment act which was a dedication to the father
son duo of S.D.Burman and R.D.Burman who introduced their own blend of magic to Indian
film music for a few decades. Three numbers were presented, all showcasing the fantastic
instrumentation and orchestra used by these masters of music.
The last set of awards were then given away with Dr. Himanshu Aeran
receiving the award
from Drs. Ajay & Mona Kakar. The PG Awards were then presented and our guests of honor
Dr. Arun Jamkar and Mr. Aditya Raj Kapoor were called up on stage to give away the award.
The five nominees Dr. Naziya Butt, Dr. Krithiga, Dr. Shikha Sharma, Dr. Vastavikta and
Dr. Shalmali Dhond were all on stage and had to respond to Dr. Shetty’s questions.
The winner was Dr. Shikha Sharma
and she took away the PG trophy. In addition she also
received a surprise gift in the form of a “Dental Loupe” from Ergoptix. This was followed
by the final award which was the UG trophy. There were four nominees on stage, Dr. Eswar
K, Dr. Vaibhav Kumar, Dr. Shibani Das and Dr. . Dr. Kanir Bhatia asked the questions
and he picked Dr. Eswar K
as the UG winner. There was a special cash prize given away to
Eswar by Dr. Devchand Gala in the memory of his late son Dr. Rushabh Gala. The Gala
Foundation has been magnanimously supporting this event for the past three years.
This completed the awards and was followed by the last entertainment act. This act
consisted of a tribute to the legendary duo of Shankar Jaikishan and the famed brothers
Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor. Four pieces were presented – two songs of the incomparable
Shammi Kapoor and two of the showman Raj Kapoor. The act started with a very popular
number of yesteryears “Main Kaa Karoon Ram mujhe budha mil gaya” sung by Dr. Mona and
enacted on stage by the one and only Dr. A.Kumarswamy with Dr. Riddhi and Dr. Aparna
being the damsels. They were supported by Dr. Smrti and Dr. Jayshree. This was followed
by a Shammi Kapoor evergreen, “Badan pe sitare lapate hue” rendered by Mr. Pankaj and
showing off the glittering sarees were Dr. Mona, Dr. Medha with Ms Sunita and Ms Seema.
The third piece was one more tribute to the heart throb Shammi Kapoor with “Kis kis ko
pyar karoon” sung by Sameer and on stage was none other than Dr. Ajit Shetty with his
four girls – Dr. Neelam, Dr. Riddhi, Dr. Namrata and Dr. Aparna.
The grand finale was “Jeena yahan ..marna yahan” performed by all the singers with a
solo mime act done by Mr. Rakesh. All the artists were on stage for this magum opus
number till the curtains were drawn.